I’ve been fiddling around for the last few years with staple root crops for Florida.
Thus far, we’ve tested the following:
Jerusalem Artichokes: Generally not worth growing. Roots tend to rot.
Yacon: Worth growing. Easy but roots are not calorie-rich.
Malanga: Yields low except in greywater basin. More testing needed.
Cassava: Definitely worth growing. Easy and moderately productive.
Sweet Potatoes: Definitely worth growing. Very productive.
Boniato: Failed to set many useable roots.
White Potatoes: Generally poor yields. Succumbs to fire ants.
Ginger: Easy to grow. Yields moderate.
Turnips: Easy to grow. Very good yields.
Water chestnuts: Easy to grow. Moderate yields.
Now, thanks to my friend Mart, I also have some taro plants I’m testing out.
Taro, like malanga, is a type of edible “elephant ear.” They like moist or swampy conditions and have few if any pest problems.
Along with giving me plants, Mart has also hooked me up with a stream of information regarding the cultivation of this potential staple for Florida – like this informative video:
Anyone here have any luck growing taro? What have been your experiences?